Dear Arizona artists,

We invite you to review the following call for artists to see what opportunities speak to your talents.

Thank you for your continued engagement and contributions to growing the arts and culture community in Arizona.

- Artlink

About us: 

Artlink  Inc. was founded by artists in 1989 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and keeps the arts integral to the development of our city. Artlink  works to connect artists of all disciplines, arts venues, arts  supporting businesses and advocates in an effort to strengthen and  promote the community's unique culture. Your voice as an artist is the most important part of this process and you help to keep our arts and culture initiatives growing and vibrant throughout the state of Arizona.

By applying to open calls your talents also encourage our partners, city developers and the greater community of businesses that support the arts  to continue to contribute significant financial support to the kinds of  projects that make a real difference in the lives of working artists in  our state. We appreciate each and every submission as well as the many  past winners that have already transformed the image of Arizona through  creative projects that inspire, uplift and promote positive messages  through art. Every time you participate in an open call your voice is  assured equal consideration alongside other talented individuals who  have also submitted for the opportunity to display their work on unique  platforms and/or a wide variety of commission projects that aim to  enrich the dynamic role that culture plays throughout the greater metro  Phoenix area and beyond.

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The following call for artists of all practices is presented by True North Studio for The Pemberton (“Owners”) with support provided by Artlink Inc. The deadline to submit is January 19, 2021 by 5:00 p.m. (local Arizona time).


Owners are interested in working with an artist or artists, or an artist team or teams, to creatively address four exterior walls on containers at The Pemberton.

Project: The Pemberton PHX Muralist Residency 

Address: 1121 N. 2nd St., Phoenix, AZ 85004

Request: For four individual artists or artist teams to take part in a collaborative program to produce four flat murals located within The Pemberton complex.

Budget: $2,000 plus cost of materials for each selected artist or team. 

Overview: As part of the opening of the mixed-use historic property, Pemberton PHX invites mural artists to apply to a new residency program that includes a shipping container mural wall, the underwriting of materials, onsite/secured storage for supplies, a food & beverage stipend, and programming crossovers with other tenant-members of Pemberton PHX collective.

Pemberton PHX is True North Studio’s newest platform for creatives to engage the Downtown Phoenix community in the magic of art, entertainment, food, drink, FilmBar, and fitness. The Pemberton, a mindfully curated outdoor collective will house a dozen-plus unique experiences and get people enjoying many things we've been forced to give up with opening partners: Abnormal Co. (taproom), Artlink Inc., Bitch On The Run/Smokin' Hot Bitch (Breakfast Bitch Express/BBQ concept), Cloth & Flame (event partner), Dino’s Pizza Napoletana, FilmBar, Growhouse, Saint Pasta, The Black Art Preservation Trust, and Vikara Yoga Events. Essentially an outdoor playground with unique offerings inclusive of any adventure and art seeker, Pemberton, was designed to ignite the taste buds, a sense of exploration, community, and health.

Pemberton PHX is True North Studio’s newest platform for creatives to engage the Downtown Phoenix community in the magic of art. Pemberton PHX, already a hub for creatives, sports a mural by Phoenix locals, Nyla Lee and Breeze 1, a myriad of shipping container alley art, and the original James Baldwin painting by Antoinette Cauley. This is all in addition to structures and installations built by makers such as Spectacle Works and Bang Bang Design. Of course, not forgetting the permanent partner and fixture of an outdoor FilmBar satellite location. 

The Installations: The murals can be made in any genre including being wholly abstract, figurative, landscape-based, or any combination thereof, while working to create dynamic compositions through the use of bold, bright and uplifting imagery. Incorporating inspiration from The Pemberton, from the history of the place, and the communities it serves are greatly encouraged. With many new tenants and businesses placed throughout the open-air grounds of the Pemberton, these murals are meant to be a welcoming presence to Phoenix residents and visitors and invitation to come check out a host of new offerings and experiences in the Roosevelt Row Arts District of downtown Phoenix. 

The property features four mural walls on the side of shipping containers, with three of them measuring 27.5 ft long by 10 ft tall, and the fourth being 41 ft long by 8 ft tall. The murals must be able to stand up to changes in weather, to endure harsh temperatures (direct sun), and be constructed in such a manner that they complement both the structure and viewing experience. 

Artist(s) will provide licensing and reproduction rights, and permit the photography of artworks, including their use in promotional materials. This license also provides the client with the right to reproduce, publicly display, and distribute the images, graphics, digital assets, or digital images of commissioned works in promotional materials. All reasonable efforts will be made to credit the artist in promotions and when communicating with the media.


This request for qualifications is to identify an individual artist or artists, or an artistic team or teams, that can produce distinctive murals. Artists whose aesthetics are bright, colorful, and energetic are encouraged to apply.

The proposed art space measures are as follows:

Three container walls are 27.5 ft long by 10 ft tall, and a fourth container wall is 41 ft long by 8 ft tall. Refer to images here

All Arizona artists, designers, creative individuals and artistic teams with connections to the downtown Phoenix community are encouraged to apply.

The works will not contain images or messages that include nudity, political, religious, advertising or otherwise controversial themes.


Interested artists are encouraged to learn more about The Pemberton by visiting

Eligibility: This opportunity is open to designers and artists living and working in the Phoenix metro area with the ability to produce exemplary art.

Artists must be registered as an Artlink Articipant. Find the registration form on

Criteria: A selection of finalists will be based upon the quality, originality, and craftsmanship of their past works and potential to make a significant artistic contribution to this project.

Project Rates: The selected artists or teams will receive the following;

  • $2,000 to each artist(s) for completion of the project.
  • A payment to underwrite the artist's cost of materials. The chosen artists are responsible for submitting a project budget, including costs associated with the installation.
  • A gift card for food and beverages from The Pemberton tenants while working on-site.
  • Additional promotion via The Pemberton PR efforts including, but not limited to, sponsored social media posts and website promotion.
  • The Pemberton will share professional creative content (ex. professional photography/videography) of featured murals for the artists' portfolio and promotion.
  • Future programming opportunities to be identified. 


  • Call Issued: Friday, January 6, 2021
  • Submissions Due: Tuesday, January 19, 2021 by 5:00 p.m. (local AZ time)
  • Artists Notified: Friday, January 22, 2021
  • Project Begins: February 1, 2021

*Timeline subject to change.

Submission Requirements: Please make sure you follow ALL guidelines and complete the entire submission form, including the following:

  • A current resume. 
  • One-page letter of interest.
  • Portfolio of up to ten digital images documenting previously completed creative work that demonstrates originality and skill in creating and executing murals or installations suitable for long-term outdoor application. Images should reflect work produced within the past five years.
  • Descriptions of the works of art submitted in your portfolio, including title, date, size, and a brief description of the artwork, including its location.
  • Email and phone contacts for three professional references. 

Every submission is appreciated and will be seriously considered.

Artists will be notified by email.

Please send any questions to

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The following call for visual artists of all practices is presented by Arizona Citizens for the Arts with support provided by Artlink Inc. The deadline to submit is 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 2, 2021 (AZ time).

Project: The 40th Annual Governor’s Arts Awards – Call for Art

Budget: $400 Artist Honorarium to each artist contributing an award

Selection: Up to 16 artists with existing works that fit the parameters below


Since 1981, the Governor’s Arts Awards have recognized more than 250 distinguished Arizona artists, arts organizations, businesses, educators and individuals for their passion, creativity and devotion to the excellence and diversity of Arizona’s arts and cultural community. The Governor’s Arts Awards event is much more than a tradition. The awards reflect more than four decades of the best in Arizona’s arts and culture community and the magnificent contributions they have made to our state’s arts and cultural heritage.

Nominations for the Governor’s Arts Awards are accepted in the following categories: Artist, Arts Organization, Business, Arts Educator, and The Shelley Award. Nominees are announced in early winter, followed by special receptions in honor of all nominees at which finalists in each category are announced, along with the Philanthropist Award honoree and the Shelley Award honoree. The Governor’s Arts Awards event is then held in early spring where category winners are presented with awards; in order to celebrate local artistry in Arizona, winners are awarded with a work of art as unique as their accomplishments. This is a Call for Art for the 2021 Awards.


The selected artworks will celebrate artistry, culture and unique characteristics of Arizona, its artists and artforms, as the artist sees them. Works can be either 2D or 3D, and while there are no specific size or medium restrictions, submissions must be easy to hold or carry and transport. Artworks will be given to the recipients following the Awards. Artists must provide transportation packaging.


As a nonprofit organization, Arizona Citizens for the Arts produces this event solely on grant and underwriting funding from local corporations and individuals deeply invested in the arts and culture in Arizona. They offer a $400 Artist Honorarium for contributing artists and complimentary invitations to the event (tickets valued at $150/ea). Leading up to and at the event, the artists and artwork are showcased in a variety of print and digital media. Contributing artists are also asked to create a +/- two-minute video of themselves 30 days prior to the event, so that we may promote them and showcase their art.


This opportunity is open to all artists currently residing in Arizona. You must be registered as an Artlink Articipant (Articipant fees are optional). All registered artist Articipants are included in, Arizona’s newest statewide artist directory.

Artists must also be able to provide a high resolution, professional image of selected artwork suitable for use promotions, the on-screen presentation, and program, and be amenable to the terms of this Rights & Reproductions Agreement.


  • Call Issued: Thursday, January 14, 2021
  • Submissions Due: Tuesday, February 2, 2021 by 5:00 p.m. (local AZ time)
  • Artists Notified: Week of February 8, 2021
  • Delivery of Artwork: Artwork is to be delivered to the Artlink office, in Phoenix (via post or in person) between February 22 – February 26.
  • March 26, 2021: Honorees will be announced during the Governor’s Arts Awards virtual event on, March 26, 2021, Artwork will be displayed, on screen, during the event.

*Timeline subject to change

Submission Requirements

  • A current resume
  • Letter of interest
  • The artist may submit up to (three) 3 artwork images in .jpg format with a minimum 72 dpi per image. Selected artists will be asked to provide a high resolution image for publication. Please see the submission form for acceptable files.
  • The artist agrees that they will deliver their selected artwork to designated locations, as noted above. Artwork will be ready to hang with all necessary hardware (if applicable).

Not all artwork will be accepted. Every submission is appreciated and will be seriously considered by a jury of experienced arts professionals.

Artists will be notified by email. Please do not call for results.


Arizona Citizens for the Arts (AZCA) and its affiliates reserve the right to engage another process for this selection should there prove to be an inadequate number of entrants or appropriate options. As well, please ensure that the image of your submission accurately represent the artwork itself (true to color, condition, content, framing/finishing, and the like), as ACA also reserves the right to decline works upon delivery or "at first sight", in their sole discretion. Thank you for your understanding.

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